November 18th, 2011
Plans to cook up a new bakery in downtown Newton never rose, but now a different type of retail business is fermenting in its place.
Earlier this year, the city of Newton received an $80,830 Main Street Solutions grant from the state's department of commerce. The purpose of the grant was to provide matching funds for a Charlotte-area businessman who committed to invest $160,000 in renovations for a building on the city's Court Square.
At the time the city received the grant, Dennis Baucom planned to convert the former home of Phyllis' Crafts into a bakery and create four jobs.
ASHEVILLE â Another Asheville-area elected official is going to run for Congress.
Democratic state Rep. Patsy Keever told the Asheville Citizen-Times (http://avlne.ws/vpptEb ) on Friday she would seek her party's nomination to unseat Republican U.S. Rep. Patrick McHenry in the 10th District.
Asheville Mayor Terry Bellamy announced earlier this week she would run in the Democratic Party primary, too.
The Catawba Valley air is crisp and cool Friday morning,
While many residents will snuggle inside warm homes and warm jackets, some families arenât so fortunate. The Observer News Enterprise continues its observance of Hunger and Homelessness Week with an examination of poverty on display in the areaâs elementary schools. Did you know more than half the students at South Newton Elementary School qualify for free and reduced lunches due to their familiesâ income level?
Hickory-resident J. Thomes Foster is this week's winner of $100 in The Observer News Enterprise's Hometown Christmas program.
Foster registered to win at Viewmont-area business Wild Birds Unlimited, one of 70 area businesses supporting The O-N-E's holiday "shop-local" campaign. His entry was drawn from among hundreds of others just before 8 a.m. during the Wacky Wake-up Crew on WNNC and WAIZ.
Dorcas Gomedela, 88, formerly of Newton, died Thursday, Nov. 17, 2011 in Williamsburg, Va. Funeral arrangements are incomplete at Willis-Reynolds Funeral Home & Crematory in Newton.
Georgie Lou Hendricks Johnson, 85, of Springs East Road, Lincolnton, died on Thursday, Nov. 17, 2011 at Palliative Care Center & Hospice of Catawba Valley in Newton. Burke Mortuary in Maiden is serving the Johnson Family.
Police recovered more stolen property at Jeremy Mayfieldâs home this week, but no further charges have been filed against him.
Mayfield, a former NASCAR driver, was indicted last week on charges of possession of methamphetamine after police served a search warrant at his home in Catawba on Nov. 1. In addition to finding 1.5 ounces of meth in the search, authorities also recovered more than $100,000 in equipment stolen from Lincoln and Iredell counties.
Connie Clark held back tears Thursday.
She had just visited impoverished elementary school students and a soup kitchen full of poor and homeless adults.
In people of all ages, she saw desperate needs.
Clark and more than 100 other Catawba County residents observed poverty's effect on their neighbors Thursday, and they discussed opportunities to help the needy.
RALEIGH â A leading state House Democrat wants a Republican lawmaker investigated by his colleagues about two economic development nonprofit groups that he operates and were scrutinized by an outside advocacy group this year.
Now the House's leader says he'll ask an ethics panel to review situation to determine if an investigation is needed after N.C. Rep. Stephen Laroque provided loans for two state lawmakers including Catawba County's N.C. Rep. Mark Hilton.
Symphonic music and artistic dance have taken over the stage of The Newton Conover Auditorium as The New Art School of Ballet makes its final preparations before âThe Nutcracker Suiteâ is preformed in front of hundreds of people.
Under the direction of Michael and Melissa French, co-artistic directors for the New Art School of Ballet, in collaboration with Reggie Helton, executive director of The New Art School and the Kontras String Quartet, âThe Nutcracker Suiteâ will be presented on Dec. 3 for two public showings, in addition to two private showings reserved for area students.
The O-N-E continues its examination of homelessness in Catawba County as area organizations observe Hunger and Homelessness Week.
On a rainy day that would have been Zahra Bakerâs 12 birthday, Kiwanis Clubs in the region broke ground on a memorial playground in Hickory.
In Newton, city leaders want to ease rules for civic clubs promoting events with temporary signs placed in public rights of way. Businesses, too, could benefit from new sign rules.
Donât miss OUTLOOKâs feature spotlight on performances of "The Nutcracker Suite" at Newton-Conover Auditorium.